Like the latest organic, sustainable nutritional supplements and shakes, the word populism is trendy. It is hip yet, no one knows exactly what it means. Populism is undoubtedly the most used word of the past year − apart perhaps from terrorism. We can rejoice at the prospect of the use of the word by journalists,…

Citizens always expect the best from their leaders. They hope that their leaders will provide them with food, security, health and other basic necessities.  However, if they fail to deliver, public sentiment will gradually start to change, which could result in the downfall of that particular government. Under some conditions, public anger can grow so…

Ukraine, the largest country in Europe, gained its independency from the USSR in 1991. It is undebatable that the country is still going through a difficult transition period from a Soviet republic to independent and powerful state, following significant changes towards grass-rooted democracy and a free market economy. n their annual democracy rating, US Government…

My route to the CYPA was a little different from most, both practically and ideologically. Firstly, coming from the UK meant a marathon journey, hopping from Newcastle to Amsterdam, onwards to Beijing and then finally to the destination, and as expected at an event hosted by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats, coming from…

Cyprus has been home to many different civilizations, ruled by many kingdoms and colonized by several countries. The last country to colonize all of Cyprus was the United Kingdom. In 1960 the country of Cyprus declared its independence and, though ethnical differences between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots were a serious issue, there was no…

On the 15th of July, something that few could have predicted happened: late on Friday evening, a faction within the Turkish military attempted to seize power in Turkey. The situation in Turkey was chaotic; soldiers closed off the Bosporus Bridge between Europe and Asia; shootings and bombings lasted all night and tanks rolled in on…

Three days ago, on Monday the 26th of September, Azerbaijan held a national referendum on a number of constitutional amendments. On Tuesday,  the Central Election Commission claimed, that all had received the support of voters by a wide margin. The constitutional changes at stake give further powers to the already powerful President Ilham Aliyev –  including prolonging the…